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Ballads and Songs
I'M GOING TO GEORGIA
See Campbell and Sharp, No. 78, which has five stanzas of two lines each. The first stanza is nearly identical with the refrain of the present song. Cf. also Journal, XXVIII, 15 9 (Perrow).
Obtained from Miss Mary E. King, Gatlinburg, Sevier County, Tennessee, August 12, 1929, who had it from Miss Lala King, Knoxville, Tennessee.
1.1 once loved a young man as dear as my life, And ofttimes I told him I'd make him his wife. I've fulfilled my promise, I made him his wife And see what I've come to by being his wife.
Chorus I'm going to Georgia, I'm going to roam, And if ever I get there, I'll make it my home.
2. My cheeks were once red, as red as a rose, But now they are as pale as the lilies that grow; My children all hungry and crying for bread;
My husband, a drunkard, Lord, 1 wish I were dead! Chorus
3. Come, all young ladies, take warning by me: Never plant your affections on a green, young tree; For the leaves will wither and the buds they will die; Some young man might fool you as one has fooled I.
4. They'll hug you, they'll kiss you, they'll tell you more lies Than the cross-ties on the railroad or the stars in the skies; They'll tell you they love you like stars in the West
But along comes corn whiskey; they love it the best. Chorus
3. Go, build me a cabin on the mountain so high
Where the wild birds and turde dove can hear my sad cry. Chorus